Both of the chicks at the H&G nest have fledged!
This is the nest that had been scheduled as the second burn this season.
Thanks to the support of all of you, that burn did not occur.
Fly, Big Chick and Little Chick and parents Hershey and Godiva.
to see a video of the two fledglings flying, go to https://flic.kr/p/HB55hy
in the photo below
Big Chick as just taken off, while Little Chick watches from way down the tree.
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Quizzical, video of this morning’s flight lesson. Yep, that’s Quiz that just flew across from the upper right. Now watch as Quiz comes back around and gets closer to the nest, to no avail. Bails out. And well, the next few moments I added a slow motion so you can see the crash landing. video is at https://flic.kr/p/Hs5fLH.

In the photo, the blur of wings in front of the nest and to the lower left is Quizzical. Quizzical was unhurt.

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Birds have a built-in lens protector that flicks across their eyes.
This third eyelid is called a nictitating membrane.
It allows the bird to still see while its eyes have extra protection.
You can see the translucency as the nictitating membrane slides across the osprey’s eye.

WALK4990 05-16-16 @ 08-17-31 Pea Ridge osprey eye